Tom and Laura Clifton, serving as missionaries with FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru.

On our blog you can read the latest conference quotes, find out about new things happening within FamilyLife, keep updated with our family, find links to helpful sites, and also find out how to join our support team.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Clifton Family 
Serving with FamilyLife, a ministry of Cru 

“If we reach the family, we reach the world.” Dr. Bill Bright, founder of Cru 

What is FamilyLife? 

FamilyLife is a ministry of Cru that has been impacting families across the globe for 40 years.  We do this through weekend events, resources, radio and the website.  The needs of the family are an open door to the gospel.  Last year in the Pacific Northwest alone there were over 1,000 couples that attended a Weekend to Remember event and 70 made a decision for Christ and about 470 recommitted their lives and marriages to Christ!   The impact worldwide is even greater!  

Couples attending the Weekend to Remember 
Our Story 

We met in college and moved to Wenatchee to begin our teaching careers.  God used the challenges and devastation we saw happening in the lives of the children in our classrooms to put a burden on our hearts for marriages and families. In 1995 we attended a FamilyLife Weekend to Remember (marriage conference) where we heard on Friday night how a marriage falls apart, the steps to isolation.  On Saturday we heard about the steps to Oneness and God’s blueprints and plans for marriage.  The gospel message was shared and we began to wonder if this was a ministry to join.    On Sunday we went to find out what it would mean to join staff with FamilyLife.  When Laura heard, “raise your own support and move to Little Rock” she immediately tuned out.  The seeds God had already planted however were sprouting in Tom’s heart.  God was calling us to join staff as missionaries.  We raised our support and moved to Little Rock in 1999.  

The Story of the Family

Just like our family has a story, the family itself has a story.  God created marriage and family.  We were created to mirror His image, to have oneness, and to leave a godly legacy.  But unfortunately what God had created for blessing, the devil tried to destroy in the garden.  Through the temptation of Adam and Eve, sin entered the world and marriage and family, rather than being a blessing and a joy became a struggle.  


Families today face many difficulties:

  • Stress
  • Isolation
  • Financial Pressures
  • Busyness
  • Threat of Divorce
  • _______________ (I'm sure you can fill in the blank with other struggles too!)

Hope and Redemption

“But God…” In the midst of the difficulties God is there and He has a plan…it’s for redemption.  In the times of greatest need people are open to the hope of the gospel…and God is using it to bring people to Him. 

Changed Lives Stories

Here is just one example of a changed life story..."For every reason on God's earth we should not have come to this conference. We are divorced, our children have been shattered and our home destroyed. Satan had complete and total victory in our family. His destruction was thorough...or so he though. This conference has restored our relationship, our faith in God, and in His power to heal. We have given back to each other our heart, we have forgiven each other, we have set aside all the pain and the tumultuous history between us and we are moving ahead. We look forward to the joy of our family together, our hearts joined and to being married again. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!"


I love seeing the impact of 40 years of ministry for FamilyLife.  Over 3 million people have attended the Weekend to Remember events and 100,000 people have indicated first time decisions for Christ. (And these are only the ones we know about from people filling out and turning in evaluations at the events...imagine how many more people have been reached through the internet, the radio and resources and small group events.) 

Global Outreach

FamilyLife began in the United States as a way to help Cru staff marriages...and now it has a global impact.  FamilyLife has a presence in over 100 different countries and resources have been translated into more than 40 languages, including Arabic and Chinese! 


As full time missionaries with Cru/FamilyLife we are responsible for raising 100% of our ongoing monthly support.  After 20 years on staff we are in a season of change…we’ve had to step out of full-time ministry until June to focus in on full-time support raising.  We have until June to raise $2000 in monthly support.  We’d love your prayers during this time, and if you are interested in finding out how to partner with us, we would love to share with you!  https://give.cru.org/0467491

Thank you so much & many blessings!

Tom & Laura
Missionaries with Cru/FamilyLife 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Attend a Spring Event for Half Price

Today is the last day to "Buy One Get One Free"!  If you register for a FamilyLife Event today using the code "Saddlerock" you will save 50% off the registration price.

Find a Weekend to Remember Event near you 

Tom & Laura


A Letter from Tom's Manager

A friend suggested we have Tom's manager share a little bit about Tom's role and the impact of ministry.  This was the letter we received to share with you:

Hi, my name is Jim Holmquist and I am the Western Region Manager.  I have the privilege of being Tom Clifton's manager.  As a Field Ministry Representative, Tom's job is to discover, train, equip and encourage local volunteers in Alaska, Eastern Washington and Idaho.  Tom is a valuable asset to my team and serves the Lord in this capacity with excellence! 

This past year three of his volunteer teams were near the Top 20 teams in the country.  

In Tom and Laura's over 20 years of ministry at FamilyLife, they have impacted countless couples with God's blueprint for marriage.  In just last year they played a major part in seeing 1,138 couples (that's 2,276 people) attend a Getaway to invest in their marriage.  At those Getaways, 70 made a decision for Christ for the first time and 469 people recommitted their lives and marriages to Christ.

Those are great numbers, but it is important to remember that those numbers reflect lives and legacies that will be impacted for generations to come. 

These are just a few of the many reasons that Tom is needed back in full time ministry.  As soon as he and Laura have their full ministry team in place he can return to active duty.  I challenge you to join their team and to be a part of the impact they well have in the coming years.

Jim Holmquist 
Western Regional Manager 

Thank you for your continued prayer as we move forward with building our team and returning to full time ministry!  We have about 20% of the support we need so far!  Thanks for being a part of making an impact in families for Christ.

Tom & Laura

Friday, January 6, 2017

Thank You

Wow!  All I can say is "Thank you!"  God has used you in an amazing way to bless us and get us ready for January with our focus on raising support in an amazing way.  Thank you for your prayers, for reading our posts, and for contributing to our ministry with FamilyLife. You are a blessing!

We move forward with eager anticipation at the work God is going to do through this support raising process.  We have until June to raise $2,000 in monthly support to stay in full time ministry.  Would you pray that God would help us reach that goal quickly?  Thank you for your love, prayers, and support!


Tom & Laura

Missionaries with Cru/FamilyLife

Friday, December 30, 2016

Christmas Eve Text

 On Christmas Eve this is the text I received from Isaiah...

"She said yes!!!  Merry Christmas, we'll see y'all tomorrow." 

Although we couldn't be there when he proposed he did share pictures!  
Looking forward to having Erin as part of our family! 
No date has been set for the wedding yet...we'll keep you posted! 


Have you ever tried to make a sandcastle birthday cake? 

I tried to make a sandcastle cake for Courtney’s birthday party many years ago.  The problem was it acted like a sandcastle during the building process…it kept crumbling and breaking apart.  So, after using many toothpicks to try and hold it in place and freezing the cake so it could stay in one piece it was finally ready for the birthday party. The cake held together and Courtney was able to "make a wish" blowing out the candles on her cake.  But no one knew it was literally crumbling from the inside out.  Unfortunately many homes and families are like this today.  On the outside they look good but they too are crumbling from within.  
We saw evidence of this when we were teachers and it's how God got our attention and called us to join staff with FamilyLife.  As missionaries we've had the opportunity to see firsthand what happens when couples apply God's blueprints to their marriage and family.  

Here is just one example from a Weekend to Remember Event:

"This conference has helped to open my eyes in many areas.  I not only realized how much I was doing wrong, but also realized how blind I've been.  I opened my eyes and prayed for the first time.  I accepted the Lord into my heart and into my life.  We went from talking about divorce already to actually sitting and talking for hours on end!!  I strongly believe that we are going to thrive!"

Lives impacted, legacies changed and the gospel shared...that's what we are passionate about.  Would you like to be a part of helping families have a firm foundation that can weather the storms?  We'd love for you to consider joining us as partners in ministry! 

You can join us as prayer partners right now, and if you are interested in finding out about joining us as financial partners we would love to share more with you. Or you can also go online and give an end of year tax deductible donation on our Cru giving site https://give.cru.org/0467491

Tom & Laura

Thursday, December 29, 2016

A Time to Rebuild

Do you have things around your house that need repair?  

After 7 years of living in Wenatchee there are some things in our home that noticeably need some attention.  But more importantly after being on missionary staff with Cru for close to 20 years we are seeing it is time to rebuild our team.  We’ve had partners in ministry that have been with us since we started raising support back in 1997 and we’ve had others come and go over the years.  Over the past few years we’ve seen our support level drop but we’ve “made do” with the “leaky faucet” of declining support.  But now it’s time to give attention to raising support so our whole focus can return to ministry once we are back where we need to be financially. 

So beginning January, we will be out raising support full time.  It’s the chance to retell our story, how God called us to walk with Him in what He is doing in lives and families through FamilyLife.  It’s a time to trust God in a new way, as we daily rely upon Him to meet our needs and raise up people who have a passion to make an impact in lives and families for God’s glory.  It’s also a time for our hearts to be renewed and refined in this process.  

Would you pray for us as we begin this process of rebuilding our team?  Would you prayerfully consider hearing our story and consider joining our support team to see how You can make an impact for eternity in lives and families?  Or perhaps you would consider giving an end of year tax deductible donation to help us start out the year stronger and equipped to begin the rebuilding process? 

You can mail a donation to our home address or give online at https://give.cru.org/0467491

Thank you! 

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